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England's chief nurse to become London director in 'vital' period

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England’s chief nursing officer will take on a third job next month as London’s NHS regional director steps down from her role.

Jane Cummings is set to replace Anne Rainsberry on 18 September, though she will continue to serve as chief nursing officer for NHS England and remain on the NHS England board.

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However, Professor Cummings will receive additional support from a team of nurse directors who she will delegate several duties from her national work. She will retain oversight of general operations.

‘It is an exciting time for the NHS in London and I look forward to joining the excellent team Anne has developed,’ said Professor Cummings. ‘Together we will continue working to further improve the quality of care and patient experience for the people across London.’

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Professor Cummings will serve her new post as an interim director until a full time replacement for Ms Rainsberry can be found. NHS England said they hoped Professor Cumming’s history of ‘strong leadership’ would help provide stability for the capital.

According to Ms Rainsberry, Professor Cummins is a ‘fine example’ of an experienced nurse and manager, and her experience on the NHS England board will be ‘significant’.

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Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: ‘It’s good news for nursing and good news for London that Jane Cummings is bringing her clinical experience and leadership to this important role.

‘Having the chief nurse leading NHS England’s London team underlines the value of nurse leadership, and brings an experienced clinician to the role.’

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